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Scheduling

Amanda S
posted this on June 14, 2012, 15:21

The scheduling (calendar) icon in the compose message box enables users to schedule manually or automatically using Hootsuite's AutoSchedule function.

Editing scheduled content and bulk scheduling can be completed from the Publisher section of the Hootsuite dashboard.

 Schedule Messages

Messages can be scheduled for later in the day, week, month or year.

Users interested in scheduling several messages at one time can schedule in bulk. Learn how

To schedule a message

  1. Click to select social profile(s) to publish message.
    select_social_network_320.png
  2. Click Compose message, and then type message.
    compose_message_320.png
  3. Click calendar (Scheduling) icon.
    schedule_icon_320x84.png
  4. Schedule message
  1. Click to select date.
  2. Click to select time. 
  3. Optional: Click box to receive email when message is sent.

Note: Notification will be sent to the email address associated with your Hootsuite account.

  1. Optional: Click View date in Publisher to review other content scheduled for that day.
  2. Click Schedule.
    schedule_message_558x232.png

 AutoSchedule Using Your Hootsuite Dashboard

AutoSchedule selects the best time to publish content based on three factors:

  1. High engagement time periods.
  2. Already scheduled content.
  3. Customized (user defined) settings; messages per day, time period and days applicable.

Messages can be published using up to five social profiles (maximum) at one time. One message posted to multiple networks can post at different times. This means if AutoSchedule is used with Twitter and Facebook, the Twitter message could be scheduled for 11:30 A.M. and the Facebook message could be scheduled for noon. This rule applies to all organization levels, the dashboard and Hootlet.

AutoSchedule is available for the Hootsuite dashboard and Hootlet. Turning on AutoSchedule from the dashboard also turns on AutoSchedule for Hootlet. The same applies for turning AutoSchedule off.

 To use AutoSchedule using your HootSuite dashboard

  1. Click to select social profile(s) to publish message.
    profile_picker_320.png
  2. Click Compose message, and then type message.
    compose_message_320.png
  3. Click calendar (Scheduling) icon.
    schedule_icon_320x84.png
  4. Click gear (Settings) icon.
    autoschedule_settings_icon_508x55.png
  5. Click to adjust AutoSchedule settings
  1. Messages per day. Dashboard default is 5; maximum is 10.
  2. Time period.
  3. Days applicable. Green = enabled; White = disabled.
  4. Click Save Settings.
    customize_autoschedule_607x483.png 
  1. Click Off button to turn AutoSchedule on.
    autoschedule_turn_on_508x55.png
  2. Click AutoSchedule.
     autoschedule_button_320x54.png

Note: AutoScheduled messages are saved in the Publisher section of the dashboard under Scheduled (with a clock icon for easy identification), and can be rescheduled. After rescheduling, the clock icon will disappear confirming the new scheduled time.

 To adjust AutoSchedule settings from Compose Box

  1. Click Compose message.
    compose_message_320_2.png
  2. Click calendar (Scheduling) icon.
    schedule_icon_320x84.png
  3. Click gear (Settings) icon.
    autoschedule_settings_icon_508x55.png
  4. Click to adjust AutoSchedule settings
  1. Messages per day. Dashboard default is 5; maximum is 10.
  2. Time period.
  3. Days applicable. Green = enabled; White = disabled.
  4. Click Save Settings.
  5. Click X icon to close window.
    customize_autoschedule_2_607x483.png

 To adjust AutoSchedule settings from Settings

  1. Hover mouse over gear (settings) icon on left-aligned launch menu, and then select AutoSchedule.
    settings_autoschedule_320x256.png
  2. Click to adjust AutoSchedule settings
  1. Messages per day. Dashboard default is 5; maximum is 10.
  2. Time period.
  3. Days applicable. Green = enabled; White = disabled.
  4. Click Save Settings.
    customize_autoschedule_607x483.png 

 To turn off AutoSchedule from the Hootsuite dashboard

  1. Click Compose message.
    compose_message_320_2.png
  2. Click calendar (Scheduling) icon.
    schedule_icon_320x84.png
  3. Click On button to turn AutoSchedule off.
    autoschedule_turn_off_508x56.png
 
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